What is paradise for a fourteen-year-old boy?

For Conrad it’s definitely not dusty Los Angeles, where he’s stuck living with his mother and his cheeky little sisters.

Paradise is the forest where his dad still lives,
by the water where everything is beautiful,
where he belongs.

IndieReader Discovery Awards 2019:
- Winner, Best First Book
"A timeless, beautifully written coming-of-age story about transformation and self-acceptance." - 5/5 stars (read full review)
Next Generation Indie Book Awards 2019:
- Finalist, General Fiction / Novel (over 80,000 words)
- Finalist, First Novel (over 90,000 words)

Eric Hoffer Awards 2019:
- Finalist, Fiction
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~ Journal 14 ~

On this day I watched The Master on blu-ray. I hadn't seen it before, and truth be told I had been avoiding it even though it was high on my list of "I really need to watch that" movies. And then I didn't write about it here at first because... what coherent, intelligent thing can I say about th...

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"Remember that time when... ?" That's kind of what Lady Bird felt like for me: a whole series of remember whens, like a flip book of ordinary happenings that you might talk about when some present-time conversation joggles your memory. "Oh yeah, when I was in high school..." etc., the only differe...

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Tonight I wanted to go hear Finnish art songs, but I had tickets to see the Montrose Piano Trio with my good friend, so I stuck with that. I'm glad I did. It was phenomenal playing, rendered with cogent stucture, clarity and warmth. The pianist in this trio is the always-wonderful (and powerful)...

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Tonight I was at Saint James Cathedral in Seattle to hear Cappella Romana sing a fantastic program of 20th-century music by Nordic composers. I chose the more expensive seats so we could sit near the front, which really paid off: I could home in on individual voices while still experiencing the ha...

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Tonight I saw Thor: Ragnarok at the Cinerama in downtown Seattle. It was a lot of fun to see on the big screen. Somehow the comic sensibility that director Taika Waititi brought to movies like Hunt for the Wilderpeople and What We Do in the Shadows wasn't flattened by Hollywood or the proces...

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